Andrew here, stepping in for Steve this week to inform and edify with new release info and pertinent news. Strap in, because there’s a bit to get through!
If you’ve been hiding from all social media and last week’s blog, you may have missed the fact that we here at Gosh HQ have decided to spend the month of March celebrating British comics in a spectacular series of events and blog posts we imaginatively like to call BRITISH COMICS MONTH! Seriously, we’re pulling out all the stops and putting ourselves through the wringer so that you, we, us together can wallow in the sweet wonder that is the current British comics scene. There are events galore, with signings, talks and parties on every week throughout March, not to mention a series of daily blog posts where we highlight talent who might be under your radar: the often unsung heroes of the self-publishing scene. The UK is an incredible hotbed of talent right now, so if you’re not normally familiar with what’s coming out locally, do yourself a favour and keep an eye out each day for our British Comics Month Spotlight posts!
Plenty of excitement around the shop this week as we brace ourselves for British Comics Month, our upcoming series of events celebrating homegrown talent and publishers. Unfortunately, the I.N.J. Culbard launch party for Celeste had to be delayed until April (announcement soon), but there’s a silver lining: it’s been replaced (same day, same times), with the launch party for a new Myriad book – Bump by Kate Evans.
Have a look at the full line up and details here.
One of the publisher’s we’ll be spotlighting is SelfMadeHero, who supply a constant stream of wonderful books for us to enjoy.
This week sees the arrival of Vincent, Barbara Stok’s tale of Van Gogh’s attempts to establish an artist’s retreat in Arles.
It’s the latest in SelfMadeHero’s Art Masters imprint following Typex’s Rembrandt and looks to be another winner.
There’s a preview here.
Last Friday we were delighted to play host to the wonderful Fumio Obata as he launched his lovely new book Just So Happens.
The book doesn’t go on sale until this Thursday so it was a great opportunity for eager readers to get ahead of the curve as well as a chance to get Fumio to sign and sketch in their books.
Shaun here, back in the hot seat again as I stand in for regular host Steve who is enjoying a spot of time off. For those of you who may have missed it we’ll kick things off with news of the latest Gosh! event.
Coming up this Friday (the 7th) Gosh! will be playing host to the launch party for Fumio Obata’s Just so Happens. It’s a beautiful book, and the fun begins at 7pm. See you all there. Look out for more information on our lovely bookplate later this week!
We’re very excited to announce that our copies of Ant Colony, the new book from Gosh! favourite Michael DeForge.
It’s a brilliant exploration of culture, society, religion, sexuality, class, power and the family dynamic using the (literal) microcosm of an ant colony and its interactions with the larger world around it.
You might remember just before Christmas we encouraged you all to back the Kickstarter for a documentary all about the UK Small Press scene called Comix Are My Rock ‘n’ Roll! and the good news is that it reached it’s target. This meant that the director, Daniel Baldwin, could do all the post-production work required to make the film a finished piece and be able to enter it into film festivals to get it to a wider audience. We’re very pleased to welcome Daniel over to the shop this Thursday evening for the first screening of the film open to the general public, following the premiere screening for Kickstarter backers and a very successful appearance at the London Short Film Festival last weekend. We’ll be showing the film and then hosting a Q&A session with Daniel afterwards with it all kicking off from 7.30pm.
There’s been a great deal of interest in this event since we announced it online a few weeks ago so we’re anticipating a full house and it’s first come, first served on the seats so don’t dawdle…
Mould Map #3 has landed with a bump over here at Gosh!, packed full of stunning strips and narrative art of the highest order from top notch creators like Angie Wang, Jonny Negron, Simon Hanselmann, Lando, Sammy Harkham and Joe Kessler. Run, don’t walk, to secure your copy of this lovely, lovely thing…
Shaun here, standing in for our Steve who is taking a well-deserved Christmas break. So welcome, for the last time in 2013, to the Gosh! Authority. We at Gosh! hope you all had a fantastic festive period, filled with good food, good friends and of course great comics. Just a quick reminder: with us being closed on New Years Day, new comics will be available on Tuesday 31st December. We’re open from 10.30am-3pm and they’ll be on the shelf as soon as the doors open.